Here’s henna I did for my friend Jamilah at our meet-up in Olde Mystick Village (Mystic, CT). I half-jokingly call this style gulfytanian, because it takes inspiration from both Persian Gulf (Khaleeji) and Mauritanian henna styles.
Which photo do you like best of these three? I would love to know
I was so surprised when Tessa, whose hand is shown here, told me that she loved her custom designed henna so much that she got it tattooed the next day!
I am happy to help with carefully planned tattoo designs, also By doing the design in henna first, you can make very sure that you like the design, its sizing, and its placement before you make it permanent. You can also try it on for a while to make sure you really love the design before committing to it for life. Doing henna as a trial for a permanent tattoo has become increasingly popular in recent years.
I must say that Ken of Sacred Ink in Danielson, CT did a really nice job with it.
It’s been a great week! I’ve gotten to do a lot of unique requests, random things, and work inspired by my friend Penni’s new book.
First off, here’s henna I did for my friend Donna. She’s a Master Gardener, and volunteers her time through the University of Rhode Island, helping people in their gardening endeavors. She gives me plants to try all the time. I often kill them, because the henna season and the gardening season are one in the same, and my plants don’t get the love they need. Oops. She gave me some ostrich ferns last year, which, unfortunately, I did also kill…. This years she gave me some sweet woodruff, which I believe is quite unkillable.
Donna doesn’t like flowery girly henna too much, so I often end up doing Moroccan and Mauritanian inspired stuff on her. I decided to break out of my henna-for-Donna comfort zone and do something a bit more organic, but not super girly. I thought the fiddlehead fern fronds were a good fit for her. Last week I was very obsessed with the idea of finding fiddlehead ferns to cook up as a vegetal delicacy. I left to go find some right after doing Donna’s henna. They grow where it is woody, shaded, and damp, so I drove down to South County RI where I remembered seeing some ostrich ferns growing last year… Unfortunately, I was too late, and instead of fiddleheads, there were a lot of cute little baby ferns, with their little fern arms fully outstretched.
So this fiddlehead inspired henna design is as close as I got to them this year. Next year I shall try fiddlehead foraging once again!
I did henna at the SoWa Open Market in Boston’s South End for the first time, after many years of either considering it but not signing up, or signing up but not being able to make any of the dates. I was really glad to give it a try, and my trusty “booth babe” and longtime friend Shauna was there to help me. It was lower foot traffic and interest were lower than I was hoping for, but I plan to try it once more just in case that day was a fluke because of the weather.
Be sure to follow me on facebook so that you get updates about the next time I’ll be at SoWa and other public events and festivals!
The first design is from one of Tammi Glanzer-Boudreau’s henna design books from Artistic Adornment, and the second is a scaled-back, simplified, and sped-up version of an abstract peacock feather design by Amelia Dr?giewicz:
I spent this afternoon at Erin’s Perfect Cup, as I do on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. It was fun to do designs that ranged from some of my standard flowers and swirls to such requests as black cats and Sponge Bob.
For Erin herself, I did this piece from my friend Penni AlZayer’s new book Enlaced. It is fun to try to make my designs a bit more scribbly, to keep that loose and lacy feel of the designs in Penni’s book.
Lastly, here’s the henna I did on myself from Penni’s book.
I’ve been using Mohana henna exclusively lately, including in all of these photos. I continue to adore this henna for its fine sift and beautiful color.
It’s always great to do henna at Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon! Thanks so much to my friends at Like No Udder for recommending me for this event, and for keeping me and my mom well fed during it Also, thank you to the founder, Sarah Gardner, for creating such a uniquely inspiring event with so many wonderful people in attendance.
It was way too busy to get many photos! But I did manage to get one of the henna I did and a few of people doing some yoga.
Amy got some flowers on her collarbone:
This flower design inspired by my friend Jamilah Zebarth is from her book Jamilah Henna Creations:
This baby tiger from Cindy Trusty’s Cute Critters inspired its recipient to just say “kitty!!!” excitedly and repeatedly to me. No other words came out of her mouth the whole time. It was beyond adorable.
This design is from one of Tammi Glanzer-Boudreau’s many awesome henna design books available from Artistic Adornment:
And last but not least…. daffodils!! It is, after all, the Daffodil Festival.
Here’s where you can find me this month! :
Sunday, May 5 – SoWa Open Market, Boston MA
Thurs, May 9 12-2pm – Seven Arrows Farm, Attleboro MA
Fri-Sun, May 10-12 – Misquamicut Beach SpringFest, Westerly RI
Wed May 15, 2-4pm – Erin’s Perfect Cup, North Attleborough MA
Saturday, May 18 – Hope Street Festival, Providence RI
Wednesday, May 29 1-3pm, Sage Cafe, East Providence RI
Why they’re exciting:
This is the first date I’ve ever been free to participate! I’ve been accepted as a standby vendor in past years, but always got booked up far in advance and was unable to come.
Seven Arrows, Erin’s Perfect Cup, and Sage Cafe
Taking walk-ins, no appointment necessary (though you’re welcomed to make one if you’d like), just $25. Your best deal for henna!! Support your awesome local businesses!
Misquamicut Beach Festival
I’m joining forces with Z Face and Body Art and Art on the Spot for an amazing weekend of henna, face painting, and glitter tattoos by the beach! We’ll be there all weekend. Bring the little ones for some fabulous face painting by Z and Kara, who are some of the best face painters in New England, coming from MA and CT to bring the kids lots of smiles!
Hope Street Festival
This festival is a joyous takeover of the East Side of Providence! Like No Udder will be there! I did two Hope Street Festivals last year, and they were *amazingly* fun. I’ll be in front of Seven Stars Bakery.
I really enjoy Once Upon a Time, and at a recent event at a local college, I met another fan, who asked me to do a RumBelle henna design for her. This is the end result – complete with rose and chipped teacup.
Check out the work at the Artists for the Boston Marathon Fund group page to see the many ways that artists are donating works to help victims of tragedy.
I’ve decided to donate proceeds of 20 11×17″ poster sized prints to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, so that responses to future disasters can be as successful as the Boston response was.
Here’s a tattoo trial I did for a half torso tribal fire chest design. The guy who is thinking about getting this as a permanent tattoo recently turned 50, and feels like he is now on fire! Everything is going right in his life, he’s doing big bold things, and he wants this tattoo as a constant reminder to stay on fire. Love it!
The Banshee Paranormal Festival was awesome! November Party, The Evil Streaks, and Reverend Bastien all played great sets. (The Evil Streaks were so good I had to buy two of their CDs – one for me and one for my dad, who will love their punky 60′s rock / rockabilly sound.) The Varnum Armory was a really awesome venue for a festival like this, and my husband really enjoyed the tour of the military history museum. A big thanks to Tony Jones of Tony Jones and the Cretin Three for putting together the festival, to Christina Hummel for hanging out with me between hennas, and to Dorian James for being a great booth neighbor with Dorian’s Emporium.
The other good thing about BansheeFest was that people got some really cool henna, including quite a few really unique things I had never done before. Check them out!